For many people, winter road trips are necessary to visit family or friends. During the 2018 holiday season alone, 54.3 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more. For others, winter road trips are an opportunity for sightseeing and adventure. Whether you are embarking on a journey to visit loved ones or experience new things, here are four tips for winter road trips you should follow to ensure a successful experience.
Make sure both you and your vehicle are prepared for your winter road trip. Before you leave, take your car in for a tune-up and replace your tires if necessary. Once your vehicle is cleared for travel, pack your car using this winter road trip checklist for a safe and enjoyable experience:
Before you head out on your winter road trip, check the weather. If possible, avoid driving at night, during rush hour traffic or while experiencing heavy snowfall or freezing rain.
You should also make sure you know how to drive safely in winter conditions:
Take it slow while you are on the road. Remember, it takes more time to accelerate, slow down and come to a complete stop in winter weather. When driving on ice-covered roads, try to avoid braking entirely. Instead, keep a slow, steady pace.
Slowing down means you have more time to enjoy the sights and experiences your road trip has to offer. Take in the beautiful winter scenery as you find new places to explore.
It often takes longer to get to your destination in the winter, so you should always over-estimate the miles you can cover during your winter road trip. Plan time for stops and any weather emergencies. If you’re traveling to a place you frequent during the summer, check on alternate routes if needed to avoid snow-covered back roads. Keep in mind that you will probably not be able to travel at the same pace on the highways as you typically do during the spring, summer or fall months.
Consider spanning your road trip over several days to take your winter adventure to the next level. With nearly 500 locations across North America, there is a KOA wherever your winter road trip takes you. Learn more about different KOA lodging options and reserve your stay today.